On Wednesday, it was confirmed that beloved New Zealand-born comedian Cal Wilson had died at the age of 53.
And now more information has come to light over Cal’s tragic passing. According to the Daily Mail, the comedian was suffering from a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
The news website claims that Wilson’s cancer diagnosis was only shared with her close friends and family.
The comedian was in the midst of filming The Great Australian Bake Off in Sydney when she reportedly collapsed on set and was admitted to hospital, where she had remained for the past two weeks.
Wilson's management initially confirmed she died after a short illness. Token Artists announced that Wilson had passed away surrounded by family and friends at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
“We are devastated to share the news that Cal Wilson, the much-loved stand-up comedian, writer and actor died today, surrounded by family and friends after a short illness at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney,” the statement read.
“Cal’s generosity, talent and friendship have been constants in the Australian comedy scene for the last twenty years. Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole has been torn in the heart of our community.
“Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Cal moved to Melbourne in 2003 to star in the sketch show, Skithouse. She went on to become one of Australia’s best-known comedians with appearances on Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Would I Lie To You and in her own Netflix stand-up special.”
A statement was also shared on the comedian's Instagram page.